Do you know your data's worth?
From online browsing habits to your medical records, your data is valuable to both malicious and non-malicious organizations. Protecting sensitive data has been Digital Guardian’s mission since our inception. We have compiled a fun way for you to learn more about protecting your personal data and privacy online. Guess how much your data is worth on the dark web, read about worrisome corporate privacy practices, make sure you check off all the items on our privacy checklist, and get some expert tips on how to ensure your data is safe while staying connected online.
Guess the Value of Your Data on the Dark Web
Data breach dumps, containing emails, passwords, social security numbers, and even complete medical records, are often found on the dark web. Can you guess how much your data sells for? Enter a number in USD below and see how close you are!
Corporate Privacy Practices:Things to Be Aware Of
Before you sign up for a service or download an app, you should be aware of how they collect and use your data. Read the terms and conditions and stay on top of app updates. Here are some examples of corporate privacy practices that’ll make you think twice:
Data Privacy Checklist
Tips to Protect Your Data
Learn how to recognize and avoid phishing attacks. Use this infographic to keep yourself informed of the various forms of phishing attacks.
Use complex passwords or passphrases and change them often, especially when notified of a data breach.
- Bad: password123, your birthday, your name
- Good: Mirr0rH0rs345!, KleenexPhoneElectricityCrown
Regularly update your software and operating systems. Software and OS updates contain critical patches to vulnerabilities that hackers might exploit. Enabling automatic updates will help ensure patches are installed even if you forget.
An antivirus software is not a catch-all solution, but it can detect common malware that might infect your devices.
Use an end-to-end encryption messaging app such as Signal or WhatsApp and verify your keys with the other user. This will help protect your messages from being intercepted.
Avoid public Wi-Fi. Hackers can compromise these networks and perform man-in-the-middle attacks or even load malware onto your device. If you must connect, limit usage of sites and applications containing sensitive information.
Check out these resources for additional tips to help protect your privacy while online:
- 101 Data Security Tips: Quotes from Experts on Breaches, Policy, News & More
- Phishing Attack Prevention: How to Identify & Avoid Phishing Scams
- Oversharing: Your Biggest Security Risk Could Be You (Infographic)
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